Willie Dorsey Elmore was born on December 14, 1937, in Autauga County, Alabama. He was the third child born to the union of Elmon Elmore and Marie Houser Elmore.
Willie became a member of Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church at an early age. He attended Autauga County Training School where he excelled in track and field high jump.
Willie started his life journey with the United States Armed Forces with the branch of the Army and serving in the Vietnam War. He also retired from the military with more than 20 years of service.
After retiring, Wilie returned home to Alabama where he worked for the Autauga County Board of Education and the Autauga County Sheriff Dept. and attended Trenholm College. Willie who was known by many as "Cooter", was known for his expressions "Look at Me", and he would ask you, "Do You Want an African Soup Bone".
He leaves to cherish his memories to his children, Andrea Drake of Huntsville, AL, Willie Elmore, Jr. of Prattville, AL, Hector Elmore, and Sharon (Larry) Anderson both of Houston, TX; One Brother: Oscar (Dessie) Elmore of Rockford, IL; Two Sisters: Lavonia Whitaker and Cassandra (Jimmy) Morris both of Prattville, AL.
His legacy will forever cherished by his seven grandchildren: Sharon Drake of Harvest, AL, Josiah Drake of Auburn, AL, Brianna Anderson, Andrew Elmore and Jasmin Anderson all of Houston, TX, Serena Elmore of San Antonio, TX, and Marcus Elmore of Prattville, AL; One great- grandson: Christopher "CJ" Rashad Sledge of Harvest, AL and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.